Lancaster holds on for win
Lancaster jumped out to a 2-0 lead and got a late goal to secure a 3-1 win over St. Francis in the Redskins' season opener in boys soccer.
"It's been a tough preseason with the weather being so hot," Lancaster coach Chris Palmer said. "It's nice play and get the nervous out. We did a nice job of keeping possession and controlled the midfield."
Brian Theuerkauf, Matt Tobolski and Matt Kruszewski all had a goal and an assist for Lancaster (1-0).
Newfane soccer wins
An eighth grader got them going and the junior captain sealed the deal as Newfane edged Medina/Lyndonville, 3-2, in Niagara-Orleans boys soccer.
Brett Stern scored twice in a nine-minute span to put Newfane up, 2-1.
"I've coached for seven years and he's the only eighth-grader I've had on varsity," Newfane coach Bob Roach said of Stern. "He had two chances in the first half and he took both of them pretty well."
Medina tied the game in the 62nd minute before junior captain Patrick Eadie scored on a free kick to give the Panthers the one-goal lead.
"It was from about 20 yards out and Patrick chipped it over the wall and froze the goalie as it went into the net," Roach said. "Then we held on for the last 12 minutes."
OP shuts out St. Joe's
Connor Saeli scored on a penalty kick in the second half to give Orchard Park a 1-0 win over St. Joe's in its boys soccer season opener.
As the Quakers (1-0) were pressing down field, a St. Joe's defender was called for a hand ball in the box, giving Orchard Park the penalty kick.
Brian Arcara recorded the shutout with help from his backfield.
"We have two strong senior defenders in Bobby Mahany and Ben Frappa," Orchard Park coach Josh Dannecker said. "They're strong in the center of our defense and did a nice job clearing the ball and keeping it wide.".
Perillo to be honored
West Seneca West will honor Matt Perillo at its annual Alumni Night on Friday when the Indians host Lancaster at 7 p.m. Perrillo is a 1983 graduated of West Seneca West and was a high school football and basketball official for Section VI before he had his lower legs amputated as a result of septicemia, a blood disease caused by bacteria.
Donations will be accepted for the Matt Perillo Fund to help offset the costs of his treatments.